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Insider Report: Saudi Arabia Is 'World-Class Exporter' of Terror

By    |   Sunday, 30 September 2007 02:11 PM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Saudi Arabia Is ‘World-Class Exporter’ of Terror
2. Entrepreneurs Like Romney — and Hate Hillary
3. Was the White House Behind Townsend’s ‘Impotent’ Claim?
4. Ahmadinejad Confronter Had Israeli Diplomatic ID
5. Giuliani Leads in Oil and Gas Money


1. Saudi Arabia Is ‘World-Class Exporter’ of Terror

The involvement of Saudi Arabian citizens in worldwide terror did not end with the 9/11 attacks — today thousands of Saudis are managing terrorist networks and orchestrating suicide bombings and jihadist attacks around the globe.

Saudi Arabia has become, in short, a world-class exporter of Islamic violence, according to Youssef Ibrahim of the New York Sun, who cites these alarming developments:

  • As many as 30 Saudis enter Iraq each day with plans to become suicide bombers and kill Americans and Shiite Muslims.
  • More than 1,000 Saudis are now training at an al-Qaida camp in Syria, while others are training in camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
  • Of the insurgents who fought the Lebanese army’s during the siege of the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, which claimed more than 300 lives, more than 30 percent were Saudis.
  • At least 800 Saudis are currently being held in Iraq or Jordan, charged with terrorist acts or intentions.
  • Outside the Middle East, Saudi jihadists are also operating in Somalia, Malaysia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Philippines.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001, were Saudis.

Ibrahim pointed to a segment of ABC’s “World News Tonight” on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which detailed how Islamist terror originates and ends with “Saudi Arabia, its people, and its government,” Ibrahim writes.

The report “conjured an Orwellian image of a conveyor belt with human bombs placed on it running out of the House of Saud and reaching around the globe. Saudi-funded mosques and madrassas supplied ideological content, and wings of the Saudi ruling establishment stoked the fire of its infernal machine.”

Ibrahim raises the question of why the U.S. by and large “looks the other way” regarding the behavior of its so-called ally — and major source of oil.

The answer, he opines, lies not just in the well known “Bush-Saud Family” factor — the Saudi royal family’s links to the Bush family and associates — but in the “corrupting process” that reaches into “every segment of the American ruling establishment over three decades.”

He asserts that many in Washington’s diplomatic and journalistic establishment have benefited from Saudi largesse intended to buy influence in the U.S.

Ibrahim concludes: “The result is that while Washington hears the music, it is not listening to the words.”

2. Entrepreneurs Like Romney — and Hate Hillary

Republican Mitt Romney is the preferred presidential candidate among small-business owners — while Democrat Hillary Clinton is by far their least-favored White House hopeful, a poll reveals.

Asked to choose their favored candidate, 21 percent of respondents chose Romney, 19 percent selected John Edwards, and 13 percent opted for Rudy Giuliani.

In the Zogby e-mail poll of nearly 2,000 small-business owners/operators, 9 percent named Clinton as their favorite, 9 percent chose Barack Obama, and just 1 percent named John McCain.

But the biggest vote getter was “not sure,” with 28 percent.

While Clinton got as many or more votes than Obama and McCain, she was chosen as the entrepreneurs’ “least favorite” candidate, with 36 percent of respondents naming her. That was twice the number of votes tallied by the second-place finisher, Giuliani with 18 percent.

Romney was named “least favorite” by 15 percent, Edwards by 12 percent, McCain by 6 percent, and Obama by 5 percent, with 9 percent not sure.

In a somewhat surprising result, health insurance was cited by the most entrepreneurs as the key issue they want the next president to tackle, according to the poll results reported by Fortune Small Business magazine.

When asked to name the two most significant issues, 47 percent of respondents cited health insurance in first or second place, followed by income taxes at 40 percent, immigration reform at 32 percent, and rising energy costs at 28 percent. A similar poll in 2004 found that income tax was then the most cited issue, at 49 percent, followed by health insurance at 42 percent.

The poll also disclosed that while President Bush remains more popular among entrepreneurs than among the general population, his support has dropped sharply since a 2004 poll. Today 57 percent of small-business owners give Bush an unfavorable rating, compared to 46 percent in 2004.

3. Was the White House Behind Townsend’s ‘Impotent’ Claim?

President Bush’s homeland security adviser Frances Townsend’s comment that Osama bin Laden was “virtually impotent” sparked speculation that the Bush administration was behind the remark.

Word is, that’s not the case.

Townsend appeared on two TV talk shows on Sept. 9, after the release of a new videotape from the al-Qaida leader. “This is a man on the run in a cave who is virtually impotent other than his ability to get these messages out,” she said on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."

Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA unit responsible for hunting down bin Laden, said in a NewsMax interview that he was shocked by the remark, noting that the terror leader still poses a “very overt threat” to the U.S.

He said calling bin Laden virtually impotent would in the Muslim world be interpreted as “saying that he’s not a man. It comes across as nothing so much as a challenge.” And he characterized Townsend as “ignorant” and “malevolent” for her comments.

NewsMax correspondent Kenneth R. Timmerman wondered if there was more to her remarks than met the eye.

“I spoke to a senior White House adviser and asked him point-blank, was Frances Townsend part of a carefully orchestrated CIA psychological op to destabilize Osama bin Laden by calling him ‘impotent,’ or was she speaking off the cuff,” Timmerman said.

“Off the cuff was the reply. My source said: ‘She is an artful New Yorker.’”

4. Ahmadinejad Confronter Had Israeli Diplomatic ID

The protester who confronted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his United Nations conference on Tuesday gained access to the event by presenting a diplomatic ID accredited to Israel’s U.N. mission.

NewsMax’s United Nations correspondent Stewart Stogel also discovered that the U.N. launched an investigation as to who at the Israeli mission authorized the issuing of the ID card.

The protester, Karnit Goldwasser, is the wife of Israel soldier Ehud Goldwasser, who was one of two servicemen kidnapped by Hezbollah near the Lebanese border in July 2006.

The kidnappings sparked Israel’s month-long bombardment of Lebanon. Their release was also a condition of Israel’s ceasefire, but their fate remains unknown.

At the news conference, Ahmadinejad naturally mistook Goldwasser for a reporter and fielded her question.

According to the Web site ynetnews.com, she said: “Hello, my name is Karnit, the wife of Ehud Goldwasser, the soldier who has been held captive for over a year. Since you are the man that is behind the kidnapping due to the aid you grant Hezbollah, why don’t you allow the Red Cross to visit the two soldiers?”

Ahmadinejad ignored the question, but “the look on his face changed the moment he realized who was facing him and what I wanted from him,” Goldwasser told ynetnews.

She was escorted out of the room by security, but she said later: “I am sure it did something to [Ahmadinejad’s] heart when he heard that.”

5. Giuliani Leads in Oil and Gas Money

Rudy Giuliani is the presidential campaign’s biggest benefactor when it comes to contributions from the oil and gas industry — he’s received more than twice as much money as any other candidate.

The former New York City mayor had received $477,208 from the industry by the end of July, while fellow Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign had gotten $232,300 in oil and gas money.

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign pocketed $147,350, Republican John McCain brought in $136,310, and Democrat Bill Richardson received $101,500, according to figures reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Rudy’s reach for oil and gas money extends all the way to the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, where his law firm does considerable business in the oil, gas and minerals industries.

Giuliani’s campaign scheduled a Sept. 26 fundraiser in Kazakhstan, with Rudy appearing by video conferencing.

Only Americans can contribute to U.S. campaigns, but Giuliani’s goal is to raise cash from among the many Americans who live in Kazakhstan and work for oil, gas, and other companies.

After leaving his mayor’s post in 2002, Giuliani became a partner in a Houston-based law firm that changed its name to Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. The firm has had an office in Kazakhstan since 1997.

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